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innoculations needed or recommended?

Posted By: booboo

innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/15/03 02:20 AM

Hi all, I've been given conflicting info by several people, some of them professionals. I've been told everything from just a shot of Jack at the airport to Tetanus, Hep A, and Thyphoid. Does anybody out there know for sure? I'd really rather not spend the bucks on all these shots if they're really not needed. If some one out there can speak with authority I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks, BooBoo
Posted By: Lan Sluder/Belize First

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/15/03 02:48 AM

I don't speak with medical authority, but I have been banging around Belize for a dozen years and have written a half dozen books on Belize.

If you are just going to Ambergris Caye, with perhaps a short day trip to the mainland for cave tubing or to see a ruin, as a practical matter you don't need any special sticks or precautions. Healthwise, it's about the same as going to Tampa or Orlando.

If you are going to be spending weeks in remote areas of the mainland, you probably should take some precautions, mainly malaria prophylaxis.

These days, it makes sense for anybody, traveler or not, to be up to date on routine shots such as tetanus and Tet A & B. Typhoid in my lay opinion is not needed and in any case isn't very effective.

--Lan Sluder
www.belizefirst.com
Posted By: Lan Sluder/Belize First

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/15/03 02:48 AM

I don't speak with medical authority, but I have been banging around Belize for a dozen years and have written a half dozen books on Belize.

If you are just going to Ambergris Caye, with perhaps a short day trip to the mainland for cave tubing or to see a ruin, as a practical matter you don't need any special sticks or precautions. Healthwise, it's about the same as going to Tampa or Orlando.

If you are going to be spending weeks in remote areas of the mainland, you probably should take some precautions, mainly malaria prophylaxis.

These days, it makes sense for anybody, traveler or not, to be up to date on routine shots such as tetanus and Tet A & B. Typhoid in my lay opinion is not needed and in any case isn't very effective.

--Lan Sluder
www.belizefirst.com
Posted By: klcman

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/15/03 02:49 AM

not an "authority" - too huimble for that :-)

however, common sense would suggest that you keep your Hep & Tet upo to date - no matter where you are
Posted By: booboo

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/16/03 12:32 AM

Thanks for the good info to you both.

BooBoo
Posted By: Marie

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/16/03 12:59 PM

Depending upon where you live, if you are near an even moderately sizeable city (like my Akron, Ohio - not that big), they will have a public health department where the shots really are dirt cheap. You are very safe in Belize, but it never hurts, especially if you are an adventurous eater (and that's half the fun!), to have some of the others. The health department will tell you what they currently recommend. I have had them all, and it is really not expensive. I travel a lot to Central America and South America, so was more cautious than you will need to be. Again, you won't probably need to be worried in Belize. But you know the old saying...."an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" depending upon where you finally decide to visit in Belize. I wouldn't worry a bit if it were just Ambergris, and hardly worry anywhere else.
Posted By: Debbie

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/16/03 02:28 PM

Ditto on the tetnus and the Hep. A & B. Even if you're not traveling, it is wise to get these. these nasties are possible even in the good ole U. S. of A. The Hep is even required for kids to attend school now......
Posted By: booboo

Re: innoculations needed or recommended? - 04/17/03 01:09 AM

Thanks all, We are only going to be on Ambergris, unless we have a sudden change of plans which is always possible. We are going to get Hep A and Tetanus just to be on the safe side. BooBoo
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